\ ˈlȯft How to pronounce loft (audio) \

Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an upper room or floor : attic
2a : a gallery in a church or hall
b : one of the upper floors of a warehouse or business building especially when not partitioned living in a converted loft
3a : the backward slant of the face of a golf-club head
b : the act of lofting
4 : the thickness of a fabric or insulating material (such as goose down)


lofted; lofting; lofts

Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place, house, or store in a loft
2 : to propel through the air or into space lofted a long hit to center instruments lofted by a powerful rocket
3 : to lay out a full-sized working drawing of the lines and contours of (such as a ship's hull)

intransitive verb

1 : to propel a ball high into the air
2 : to rise high

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loftlike \ ˈlȯft-​ˌlīk How to pronounce loftlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for loft

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of loft in a Sentence

Noun The kids' bedroom has a loft. He rents a converted loft. Verb He lofted a home run into the stands. The explosion lofted dust high into the air.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because there are not enough bedrooms in the house, my husband and I sleep in an open loft, just above the kitchen and living room. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Ask Amy: Wedding brings on in-law exclusion," 12 Oct. 2020 Because there are not enough bedrooms in the house, my husband and I sleep in an open loft, just above the kitchen and living room. Amy Dickinson,, "Ask Amy: Wedding brings on in-law exclusion," 10 Oct. 2020 The 1,000-square-foot loft is located in the city's SoMa (South of Market) neighborhood, home to SF MoMA and the headquarters of several tech companies, including Uber, Airbnb, and Salesforce. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "A Look at All of Kamala Harris's Homes," 8 Oct. 2020 There was a sleeping loft for me that was like a paradise fort. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Ethan Hawke Was Shaped by His Mom’s Independence," 6 Oct. 2020 Small clinics and large hospital campuses alike stand adjacent to clusters of loft apartment buildings and trendy restaurants in this cosmopolitan neighborhood; there are about a dozen sushi places within a mile of Hospital Angeles. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Prescriptions from Mexico? Utah is paying public employees to make the trip," 2 Oct. 2020 Stuart lived above Liberty Bell Pizza, in a third-floor loft with big windows looking out over Market Street, between 2nd and 3rd. Elizabeth Isadora Gold, Longreads, "Find Yourself," 2 Oct. 2020 On the first level of the loft, the kitchen, dining and living room share a floor with a guest bedroom and bathroom. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "This modern, eclectic two-bedroom loft on Cedar Springs is just blocks away from Klyde Warren Park," 2 Sep. 2020 Lisa’s parents live in a loft condo a block away, and their daughter, a medical student at the University of Minnesota, rents an apartment nearby. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "What's it like to live in downtown Minneapolis now?," 25 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Starship will loft cargo missions and ultimately, SpaceX hopes, large crews to the Moon and Mars. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "For the first time, a Starship prototype roars to life with three engines," 20 Oct. 2020 Scientists are willing to pay handsomely to loft research payloads into a microgravity environment. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Is Jeff Bezos’ space company making money off the New Shepard rocket?," 15 Oct. 2020 Hurricanes can loft huge amounts of sea spray, some of which would be expected to sweep onshore during an intense landfall. Washington Post, "Inside the hurricane that drove Alexander Hamilton to America," 26 Sep. 2020 But facing pressure, Brees attempted to loft a pass to wide receiver Deonte Harris that fell well short of its target. Jeff Nowak,, "Drew Brees explains momentum-swinging interception in Saints loss: 'Shouldn't have thrown it'," 21 Sep. 2020 Amazon's Project Kuiper has similar aims but has yet to loft any satellites. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Elon Musk’s space Internet service Starlink officially reveals download speeds," 3 Sep. 2020 The first rocket, Vikram-I, is intended to loft up to 700kg into low-Earth orbit,and may be launched before the end of 2021. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX’s South Texas resort, the Air Force makes its picks," 14 Aug. 2020 Hardy proceeded to loft a soft line drive to the pitcher, Skinny Brown, who threw to first base for a double play. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Carroll Hardy, Athlete With a Unique Distinction, Dies at 87," 13 Aug. 2020 The declaration followed federal regulatory approval of Amazon’s plan to loft over 3,000 satellites for the service. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Big Tech’s rough day is followed by Big Tech’s amazing day," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of loft


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1518, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for loft


Middle English, from Old English, air, sky, from Old Norse lopt; akin to Old High German luft air

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The first known use of loft was in the 13th century

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26 Oct 2020

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“Loft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a room or space that is just below the roof of a building and that is often used to store things
: a high section of seats in a church or hall
: an upper floor of a warehouse or business building especially when it is not divided by walls



English Language Learners Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit or throw (something, such as a ball) so that it rises high in the air


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Kids Definition of loft

1 : an upper room or upper story of a building
2 : a balcony in a church
3 : an upper part of a barn

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